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Leonard Abbazia
๐Ÿ‘ Verizon โ€” Senior Manager, Recruitment Marketing
Len Abbazia is Senior Manager, Communications on the Recruitment Marketing team as part of the Talent Acquisition organization. He's responsible for managing the company's employer brand, Careers social content strategy, Careers social platforms, and brand ambassador programs. He also manages communications for the IamVZ employee social advocacy program. He's also responsible for overall strategic planning/communications within Talent Acquisition as well as communications around our support of military and diversity programs. Len has guest lectured on communications at Marist College, Seton Hall University, and Monmouth University. He's presented at the 2018, 2019, and 2022 PotentialPark conferences on the impact of social in recruitment marketing. He shared insights on a 2018 Uncubed panel on the intersection of HR and marketing to build an employer brand. Beyond work, he enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and yes, puppetry. He has performed during Take Your Child to Work day among other Verizon meetings.
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Genevieve Anderson
๐Ÿ‘ IBM โ€” Business Analyst

I currently work at IBM as a Business Analyst based out of Armonk, NY. I began my career at IBM as an intern about a year ago. I fell in love with my role and the company and transitioned from intern to full time this winter! I graduated magna cum laude from Marist College as a student-athlete studying Applied Mathematics along with Data Science and Analytics with a minor in Computer Science. Some of my hobbies include hiking, gardening, and giving back to the community!

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Uche Arinze
๐Ÿ‘ Apeiron Creatives โ€” Creative Director / Founder

She has worked with several leading digital marketing agencies, creative agencies, and well-known brands such as Nikon, Kodak, and Access Bank, with over 7 years of industry experience. Driven by the mission to create timeless footprints in the digital media/tech space, she founded โ€œApeiron Creativesโ€. She is a prolific writer, creative, educator, poetess, development enthusiast, data/business analyst and an SDGs champion.

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Joshen Ayukawa
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Program Coordinator, Design League DIIT

Joshen began his career at the YMCA of Greater New York, delivering leadership, civic engagement, and STEM based programming to Middle School and High School aged youth. He is passionate about providing youth with opportunities to create a brighter future for themselves. Outside of work, you can find Joshen binge-listening to podcasts or chasing after his fluff-ball pet chinchilla!

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Rudy Bauer
๐Ÿ‘ Dell Technologies โ€” Director and Head of Enterprise HW Security Engineering

Rudy serves as Director and Head of Enterprise HW Security Engineering.
Responsible for setting cybersecurity strategy and security policies and driving technology in enterprise hardware products with partners and development organizations. Work closely aligned with peer security leaders to influence supply chain outcomes.

Mdhat Bhamani
๐Ÿ‘ HP Inc. โ€” Marketing Manager

Meet our seasoned marketing leader - a creative powerhouse with a proven track record of delivering innovative marketing strategies. With 15 years of experience in the technology industry, she has honed her skills in crafting compelling content, and executing successful campaigns across various channels. She is a passionate and dynamic leader who knows how to motivate and inspire her team to deliver outstanding results. In short, we're lucky to have her on board!

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Frank Billing
๐Ÿ‘ Salesforce โ€” Director, Technical Account Management

I am 41 years old, born and raised in Germany, married for almost 15 years and proud father of two.
Over the past 23 years, I've worked in various roles in Germany, Australia and now the US. I spent the first 4.5 years in the German Airforce and since then worked in the IT industry. I am now leading a team of 12 Technical Account Managers who are taking care of two of our most strategic customers here at Salesforce.
I love to play computer games, cooking and of course my kids. And LEGO ... :-)

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Gemelli Briceรฑo
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Manager, Design League & Volunteers
I have a background in Psychology and transitioned to education once I fell in love with curriculum development. I enjoy supporting students' growth, learning, and opening doors to potential career paths. By connecting mentors with our Design League students, they can see themselves as UX/UI designers, Software developers, etc. to further diversify the STEAM career fields.
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Will Brown
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Director of Instructional Design
I loved technology when I was a little kid! I would go to yard sales and buy remote controls just to open them up and investigate the chip inside. As I went through school, though, my chances to study technology and computer science was limited. I do not remember a single thing that I learned between grades K and 12. This affected me in college.

I chose to study biology and pre-med since I had experience with them, knew that I enjoyed them, and knew that I could do well in them. I was intrigued by CS, but I didn't want to take a class, risking thousands of dollars in tuition on a subject that I didn't know if I would be good at or enjoy. I distinctly remember seeing the CS majors' projects, programming robots to play music and dance around the floor, and wishing that I could do that...yet I never did.

Fast forward a few years, and I am a high school science teacher. A friend tells me about an opportunity to be trained in something called Exploring Computer Science, an introductory high school curriculum for students with little-to-no background in CS. This is perfect! I can provide my students with the opportunities that I wish I had in school. I ended up creating a pathway for students to take ECS, AP CSP, and AP CSA, but I knew that I had done all I could at that school.

I left to become a professional developer. I now spend my time designing and implementing trainings for K-12 teachers who want to start teaching CS, either as a standalone class or integrated into another subject area. And I still occasionally run coding events for kids at my local library.
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Jonah Brucker-Cohen
๐Ÿ‘ Lehman College / City University of New York โ€” Associate Professor of Digital Media and Networked Culture

Jonah Brucker-Cohen is an artist and Associate Professor at Lehman College. He received his Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin and his artwork has been exhibited at venues such as SFMOMA, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA, ICA London, Whitney Museum of American Art, Palais du Tokyo, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, and more. Two of his artworks are included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His writing has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Make and his Scrapyard Challenge workshops have been held in over 15 countries on 5 continents.

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Lauren Capelluto
๐Ÿ‘ AWS โ€” Software Engineer
Lauren is a software engineer focused on writing compilers for quantum computers. She graduated with a double major in Physics and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. When she's not working, she loves to be active with friends: climbing, horseback riding, running and yoga are among her favorite activities.
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Michael Carroll
๐Ÿ‘ Baton Technologies โ€” Head of Product
Michael is the Head of Product at Baton technologies, a project management software company. Prior to this he worked on product and data science at a few startups and before that was a computer trader on Wall Street.
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Isaac Castillo
๐Ÿ‘ EchoDS โ€” Owner/Fullstack Developer

Hey, my name is Isaac. I have been doing design and web application development work for over 19 years. I enjoy solving hard problems with code and love getting the job done. I've worked with various frameworks/libraries and languages; PHP, MySQL, CSS, Sass, Vuejs, Reactjs, WordPress, WooCommerce, Laravel and Rails, just to name a few. I consider myself a full stack web application developer and can jump into a project and become quickly rooted. Iโ€™m continuously reading and watching videos involving learning tutorials.... and that's what I do just for fun! I find it very fulfilling when a project has successfully been completed or when a full-on launch has deployed glitch-free. Thatโ€™s just a little bit about me, but I would love to hear more about you and your project and how we can potentially work together.

Joseline Chang
๐Ÿ‘ IBM โ€” Experience Design & Mobile Consultant

I am a 2021 graduate from the University of California, San Diego where I studied International Business with a double minor in Design and Psychology. Born and raised in Southern California, I fell into design by accident-- joining yearbook sophomore year of high school with my friends. From there I explored digital design that led me to part-time graphic design roles in college, opening the door to UI/UX. I'm currently at IBM as an experience design & mobile consultant in New York City.

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Eugene Cherish
๐Ÿ‘ ArcherPoint โ€” IT Infrastructure Support

I'm a tech enthusiast who enjoys educating people about AI and Cybersecurity. I got involved with Mouse.org through my work at ArcherPoint and love seeing how the next generation is making the world a better place. As technology evolves, I believe it's essential to adapt and diversify skills to succeed.

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Nathalie Churchill
๐Ÿ‘ Dell Technologies โ€” Product Operations Principal Engineer

Product Operations Principal Engineer in DELL Global Operations Engineering. I worked and lived in France, Germany, Ireland and the US where I am now based. I am passionate about mentoring, amazing mentors put me on the path to self-awareness, encouraged me to be brave and take action to attain my dreams, transform ambition into goals and tangible results. Nowadays I am mentoring others to pay it forward. I am also a passionate advocate for Diversity and Inclusion and supporting women in Tech

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Tina Cuje
๐Ÿ‘ Audeliss (sister company: INvolve - The Inclusion People) โ€” Head of Delivery (Recruitment /Talent Acquisition)

As a Strategic Global Talent Partner, Tina's emphasis has been within the Americas, APAC, LATAM, and EMEA. Having spent her career broadly across Executive Search, Corporate, RPO, and in recent years amongst various hyper-growth Startups; where she has helped scale by doubling-to-tripling headcount.

With extensive experience and knowledge building and leading Talent Teams, Tina has a strong focus on implementation and execution of recruiting plans, retention plans, metrics, systems (including ATS, CRM, People Management, etc.), and DEI initiatives. Additionally, her experience spans across functional areas of HR including; compensation, benefits, compliance, and training & development.

Tina has participated in various speaking engagements and conferences to discuss HR | Recruitment | Talent Acquisition on a global scale.

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Rebecca Lee Doran
๐Ÿ‘ โ€” People, Culture, & Talent Program Manager
  • I build and scale organizational programs within the tech industry that promote employee welfare, talent acquisition, and professional development within the workplace.
  • Currently pursuing my Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Stony Brook University
  • I love supporting young people with navigating the ambiguities that come with entering the professional market, and leverage my own personal experiences to demonstrate that everyone's path to success is unique.
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Caroline Espinal
๐Ÿ‘ NERD Escapes โ€” Manager & Designer
I am a freelance Character Design and Comic Artist born and raised in the Bronx, NYC. After getting my A.S. in Media and Digital Film Production from Bronx Community College, I have been inspired by film and media to design and draw fun projects with a focus on visual storytelling!

I am heavily inspired by pop culture and the insane combined fantasy imagination of me and my friends who run an online ttrpg gaming community, The Purple Academy. I am one of their artist, producing Illustrations for various Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and adapting our main campaign into a web comic!

I also use all the skills I learned in Mouse Design League to help build and fix fun puzzles with Nerd Escape Room! Our escape rooms are packed with Arduino's and Raspberry Pi's galore which (when paired inside fun crafty props and secret rooms) provide hours of fun for players as they solve our hands-on mystery themed puzzle rooms!

Check out my art portfolio here!
Check out NERD Escapes here!
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Nadia Farshid
๐Ÿ‘ IBM โ€” Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

I'm Nadia, a technology enthusiast who also happened to be a software engineer!

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Chelsea Formica
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Chief of Staff
I started my career as a producer for TV commercials. I realized I wanted to do something more meaningful, so I went back to school and got my masters in non-profit management. I started at Mouse as a producer of events. I slowly worked my way into the operations department and found that I love helping to keep our organization running.

When not at work, you can find me walking my mighty, 8lb rescue Chihuahua, Jasper around Manhattan.

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Amelia Forrest
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Finance & Operations Manager

Amelia graduated from Queens College in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting. On her days off she likes to explore New York City and search for amazing food spots.

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Claire Froelich
๐Ÿ‘ Postman โ€” Student Programs Manager
I love hacking and empowering others to do the same. Before tech, I was a Japanese translator and interpreter for 6 years. Feel free to contact me on LinkedIn if you are seeking advice about non-traditional career paths into tech!
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Jamie Geller
๐Ÿ‘ Geller Creative โ€” Founder/Writer

The TLDR: I'm a digital-age Fran Leibowitz with a better shoe collection.
I'm a copywriter and ghostwriter who takes the bored out of keyboard. My sharp, witty humor and impeccable editing talents have left clients not just satisfied, but coming back for more. I'm a tech-focused B2C wordsmith with a focus on crafting succinct, alluring content that sparks consumer behavior and spikes engagement.

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Seth Giammanco
๐Ÿ‘ Minds On Design Lab โ€” Principal

Seth Giammanco is a Principal at Minds On Design Lab, a strategic design studio with digital expertise. Weโ€™re passionate about elevating small and mighty teams in the social sector. We connect people to your work through beautifully designed branding, web, and print. For more than 20 years, he has led the creation of digital solutions combining product management, web/mobile interface design, and hands-on technology skills. Seth publishes regularly on the Mightier blog (http://mod-lab.com/blog).

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Jesse Horton
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Instructional Design Manager
I got my start in education while in college working to get my Math degree. I was a math tutor for my school's athletic department back home in Arkansas, it was here that I found a passion for helping and connecting with students and people through math.
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Jason Hurst
๐Ÿ‘ Cisco โ€” Customer Experience Product Manager

I fell in love with computers at age 13 when my grandfather gave me a personal computer for Christmas. I went on to get a Masterโ€™s Degree in Electrical Engineering. I was a founding member of a startup company that designed the main processors used in cameras, and another that developed software for 3D photography. Iโ€™m now a product manager at Cisco, where I coordinate enterprise software development. As a hobby, I play guitar and sing in rock bands, and I ran a recording studio for 5 years.

Nasir Iqbal
๐Ÿ‘ PPAF โ€” Access to Finance Manager

Led advisory services and technical assistance to financial institutions on sustainable/green climate adaptation MSMEโ€™s, SMEโ€™s Financial Products, community/organizational development & management processes, access to finance, Led advisory services and technical assistance to financial institutions on sustainable/green climate adaptation MSMEโ€™s Financial Products,

Sylvester Jackson
๐Ÿ‘ Verizon โ€” Technology Consultant

I'm Sylvester, and I'm passionate about creating innovative solutions for complex problems. I work as a technical consultant at Verizon, a leading company in powering new technologies in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. I have a Masterโ€™s of Education degree in Elementary Education from Clark Atlanta University. I have over 25 years of experience in developing, testing, and deploying emerging technologies.

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Danny Jimenez
๐Ÿ‘ New York Public Library โ€” Library Technical Assistant III
Danny Jimenez, a Library Technical Assistant III at NYPLโ€™s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is a highly accomplished individual. He was a panelist at the New York Comic Con 2021 Panel "The Future Is Mobile: Leveraging Digital Media for Libraries & Classrooms". Furthermore, his short story, "Like An Old Tree," was published in an Anthology, and his YA Comics Chat program was featured in the eBook "Beyond Virtual and Hybrid Programs". He passionately advocates for global literacy.
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Wendy Ju
๐Ÿ‘ Cornell Tech โ€” Associate Professor

Wendy Ju is an Associate Professor of Information Science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and the Technion and co-chair of the nascent cross-campus Design Tech department at Cornell University. Her work in the areas of human-robot interaction and automated vehicle interfaces highlights the ways that interactive devices can communicate and engage people without interrupting or intruding.

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Chloe Koo
๐Ÿ‘ Samsung Electronics โ€” UX Design Manager
Chloe is a New York-based UX designer with over ten years of experience in diverse industries, such as Amazon and IBM Watson. Chloe also designed enterprise-level digital platforms and services that have benefited users, from visually impaired children to adult financial experts.
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Ujjwal Kumar
๐Ÿ‘ IBM โ€” Associate Partner - AI & Automation

Ujjwal is a leader known for his ability to innovate like a startup and scale like an enterprise. A Positive, Proactive and Goal oriented IT Executive with demonstrated experience in planning and implementing cutting edge IT solutions to achieve profitable business growth.
Loves to work hard and play harder; volunteers for multiple global and local organisations; traveling places when he can; cooking and having people over to taste is his hobby; and loves animals, a number of which have found home in his house.

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Bianca L.
๐Ÿ‘ Girls Who Hack โ€” CEO
BiaSciLab is a 16 year old hacker. She was the youngest speaker at H.O.P.E. and has spoken multiple times at DEF CON and internationally on cyber security. She received national attention when she hacked the election system at DEF CON, this was highlighted at a Congressional Hearing on Election Security, inspiring her to build her own election system, Secure Open Vote.
BiaSciLab is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Hack, teaching girls the skills of hacking so that they can change the future.

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Emmanuel Lagardette
๐Ÿ‘ Autodesk โ€” Principal Technical Account Specialist

Emmanuel is an expert in structural analysis with almost 30 yearsโ€™ experience in design technology and the AEC industries. Emmanuel combines his own broad technical background with a strategic business perspective to help customers develop holistic solutions.Emmanuel joined Autodesk in 2008 with the acquisition of the structural engineering software firm Robobat,.

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Gurpreet Lally
๐Ÿ‘ CareerVillage.org โ€” Sr Community Manager

Gurpreet Lally is a Sr. Community Manager at CareerVillage.org, a non-profit that uses a Q&A platform to connect students with free career advice from professionals in the fields they want to get into. Before this position, she was an AmeriCorps member and worked as the Youth Services Coordinator at the American Red Cross. When she is not working, she can be found lounging in the sun, doing crosswords, reading, and Yelping!

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Saskia Leggett
๐Ÿ‘ Wix Education โ€” Education Lead
It took me a while to figure out what I love to do, and I'm still not sure how to describe it! I love doing multidisciplinary work that involves creativity, learning, design, and technology. Prior to Wix, I designed learning experiences at the MIT Media Lab and led outreach at the Scratch Foundation. I also have a Masterโ€™s Degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and will never say no to tacos! In my spare time, you can find me hanging out with my rescue puppy and seeking out new adventures.
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Larry Lieberman
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” CEO

Larry is well known as a media executive and for his long-standing mental health advocacy work with the JED Foundation on behalf of high school and college students. He works to create strong communities with equal access to education, healthcare, clean energy, and professional opportunities.

During the evenings, you are likely to find Larry on Manhattanโ€™s Lower East Side where he is Chairman of Caveat Media.

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Christina Macchiarola
๐Ÿ‘ Microsoft โ€” Senior Integrated Marketing Manager, Tech for Social Impact

Christina Macchiarola is a marketing and communications professional with experience in the arts, education, nonprofit, and tech sectors. She currently works in marketing for Microsoft, helping connect nonprofit organizations to technology grants and solutions. Christina holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University's School of the Arts, and a BA in English Literature from the College at Columbia University.

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Sarah Maldonado
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Director of Program Performance
Sarah has continued to reinvent herself in the field of education โ€“ from formal math teacher, to informal environmental and outdoor educator, to natural history and science manager, to general after school director, to educational consultant. Her last metamorphosis led her to Mouse, coaching teachers as they teach students about technology and design. She has been guided through these changes by her identity as a strongly-opinionated woman who is systems-focused and a people-centered manager.

She earned an MPS in Environmental Education and Interpretation from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and a BA in Secondary Math Education from CUNY Queens College.
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Paul Mastrangelo
๐Ÿ‘ Guardian Life โ€” HR Tech Strategy
Paul has over 20 years consultative HR leadership and expertise providing solutions for complex talent issues including strategy, acquisition, skill & career development, deployment, process redesign, program management, vendor rationalization/selection and outsourcing. He has also led development of enterprise-wide mobile / web-based HR Technology applications using big data/analytics and cognitive/AI with Agile and Design Thinking to deliver a superior user experience.
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Henry McKelvey
๐Ÿ‘ Sinclair Broadcast Group โ€” Systems Engineer Multimedia R&D and Adjunct Professor at The University of The Potomac
Henry A. McKelvey is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Computer Science at the University of the Potomac; he received a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018 and a Master of Information Systems degree from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Henry has an Electronics and Electrical Construction background; he earned an Associate's (1994) and Bachelor's (2006) degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology (2006). Henry is a systems engineer for the Sinclair Broadcast Group in their ATSC3.0 Television and Multimedia Research and Development Group, One Media 3.0 LLC. Henry also is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems and Technology at the University of the Potomac. As a hobby, Henry enjoys working on Electronics Maker Projects, Refurbishing Old Tube Type Radios, Repairing Televisions, Computer Repair & Programming, Working with Computer Controlled Devices, and Repairing Arcade-Type Video Gaming systems. Henry also holds 14 US Patents in technological systems and devices.
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Collin Millington
๐Ÿ‘ Modern Fanatic LLC โ€” President & COO
A little sleepy, a lot chill, shorter than MJ, but taller than Curry. Driver of children, deliverer of fanatics, wearer of many sneakers.
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Maggie Muldoon
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Senior Manager, Design League

Maggie has been working in some combination of education, design and creative technology for over 10 years. She absolutely loves working with students to conceive of, design, and build creative technical solutions to real world problems.

When Maggie is not being cool and awesome with NYC teenagers, sheโ€™s usually making other things like dog portraits, live paintings, music videos, and pie.

Lauren Nelson
๐Ÿ‘ โ€”

Lauren (Lotus) is a media and entertainment professional that absolutely loves everything creative. With a degree in Film, TV, and Media Marketing, she has interned for various companies in Producing, Screenwriting, Storyboarding, Marketing, and Distribution. Being an artist herself, Lotus knows the trials and tribulations upcoming artists experience. She has dedicated her path to helping and educating those in artistry about copyright laws, trademark laws, marking for the arts, and acting.

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Claire Nuรฑez
๐Ÿ‘ IBM โ€” Creative Director, IBM Security X-Force Cyber Range

Claire is the Creative Director for the IBM Security X-Force Cyber Range. She works with clients to fine tune their incident response planning to a cyber crisis. Claire is a digital storyteller with experience working in video game design, app design, UX, graphic design, and video storytelling.

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Maria Olivera
๐Ÿ‘ Kyndryl โ€” Critical Response Team
Maria Olivera is an accomplished professional and an analytical self-starter with an array of technical skills, adept at meeting business needs and new assignments. Maria possesses exceptional qualifications with over 26 years experience in the planning and tactical implementation of operating systems, hardware, software and applications in both desktop and server environments. Her strong interpersonal, presentation and problem solving skills complement her experience. Maria has earned a reputation for quickly responding to trouble projects, prioritizing user request and resolving complex issues. Maria has successfully achieved several technical and professional certifications; her latest Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation Certification which provides IT Service Management with a framework to improve quality. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science with honors from New York Institute of Technology with a minor in Business. Maria is currently pursing her IBM Advisory in Project Management.
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Ashley Paskill
๐Ÿ‘ Uloop โ€” Contributing Writer

Ashley Paskill is a freelance journalist and blogger. She currently writes for Uloop and has her own blog, Life on the Rise. She graduated from Temple University in 2017 with her Bachelorโ€™s in journalism. Since then, she has written for a number of publications, focusing on music and arts but also branching out into other subjects as well. She also works in childcare at her local Y. In her free time, she moderates for several Twitch streamers, does crafts, and explores nearby cities.

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Jamini Patel
๐Ÿ‘ Hewlett Packard Enterprise โ€” Digital Sales Graduate
Heya! I currently work as a Digital Sales Graduate at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE). I landed this role while in my final year of my Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland, majoring in Marketing and Management. In my spare time I enjoy reading books and hitting the gym.
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Amanda Perales
๐Ÿ‘ The Emoti-Con Steering Committee โ€” Aluminati Member

Amanda is a key member of Emoti-Con's Steering Committee. When she was a high school student, Amanda presented her Mouse Design League projects at Emoti-Con several years in a row. Now, as an alum, she has returned to Emoti-Con to help design, plan, and lead it.

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Luรญs Manuel Gonรงalves Pereira
๐Ÿ‘ Inetum Portugal โ€” SAP Functional Consultant / Computer programmer / Translator

One of my main motivations is continuous learning along with multidisciplinary and such is reflected in my academic and professional path.
Therefore, it is in Computer Programming / Engineering that I feel I can be useful, creative and able to combine my personal interests and knowledge acquired.
Alongside the field of IT, I'm also a freelance Translator.

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Anna Phutisatayakul
๐Ÿ‘ Pockets Change โ€” Operations Manager
Anna is a lifelong learner who is always thinking of ways to improve processes and systems in her personal and professional life. After earning her B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Behavior from UCSD, Anna went abroad to Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. After working in various conventional schools ranging from private, public, charter, and Montessori, Anna felt that there were other conversations and essential lessons that traditional schools werenโ€™t teaching. As a result, she left the traditional education sector to support Pockets Change, an org that educates underserved populations while resisting cultural and financial oppression.
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Gigi Polo
๐Ÿ‘ Parsons, the School of Design โ€” Part-time Associate Teaching Professor

Gigi Polo is a Dominican artist, designer, filmmaker, researcher, and educator; her interdisciplinary practice brings together art and design, pedagogy, and research. Gigi has been teaching since 2006 and is a Part-Time Associate Teaching Professor at Parsons, where she currently teaches. Her passion for teaching lies at the intersection of student-centered instruction and brain-based learning. In 2021, Gigi became the Design Director at Dauphin Americas, a German office furniture manufacturer.

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Tania Rodriguez
๐Ÿ‘ HP Inc. โ€” Digitalization & Software Solutions Product Manager
I am a future-ready individual, both a thinker and a worker. The location where I wake up doesn't matter to me because each morning represents a level up in my life experience.
I possess and have honed several skills: I'm a good listener, sociable, flexible, positive, hard-working, friendly, disciplined, inspiring, and adept at simplifying complex issues. However, it's the people and the ecosystem surrounding me that truly drive my continual learning and growth.
As a co-founder of a mobile applications startup, I've learned that being an owner means working 24/7. It also means taking charge of tasks that aren't always enjoyable. Most importantly, I've learned that business success hinges on the confidence of your customers in your actions, reputation, and care. The product or service you're selling comes last on that list. Patience, embracing failure, and knowing when to stop can also pave the way to success. Limitations only exist in your mind.
I was born in Madrid, Spain, and half of my heart remains there. The other half is scattered across numerous places and cultures, a testament to my experiences as a traveler, a student, and a worker.
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Amanda Rodriguez
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Instructional Design Manager
Amanda Rodriguez joined Mouse in Spring 2022. She started her journey in education in 2015 with various roles teaching in both formal and informal settings to a diverse audience of students ranging in age, race/ ethnicity, English language proficiency and individualized academic support. She is passionate about providing all students with the opportunity to experience computer science education, especially in the areas she grew up in the Bronx.

She graduated from CUNY Lehman College in 2019 with a BA in Mathematics and BS in Computer Science with a minor in Middle and High School Education. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys going on adventures with her fur baby, Max.
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Kathy Rutherford
๐Ÿ‘ Engineering โ€” Engineer

Kathy is a Biomedical Engineer who works with very cool medical devices. For the last 8 years Ms. Rutherford has taught robotics for FIRST Lego League, FTC and FRCโ€™s 130 pound robots! Kathy also works with the Greater NY Girl Scouts and has judged FIRST FRC, FTC, World Robot Olympiad, NJ Science Olympiad and Makeblockโ€™s MakeX Spark competitions. Engineering is the coolest profession that no one has ever heard of. Kathy is devoted to showing students how cool tech careers can be!

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Joe Saavedra
๐Ÿ‘ Infinite Objects โ€” Founder & CEO
I started Infinite Objects about 5 years ago. We Print Video. Hardware and software for designers, artists, entertainment (sports, film, tv), and TikTokers! We also have worked in NFTs and Web3 since 2020. https://infiniteobjects.com
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Ketu Shah
๐Ÿ‘ Gusto โ€” Senior Software Engineer

I am a Computer Science Graduate from Stevens Institute of Technology. Throughout my professional experience, I have worked on enterprise systems ranging in size and encompassing a wide spectrum of technologies. I love my work to have real impact in improving lives of people and community. My passion for technology comes from the difference I can make in success of others, hence I choose to work at company like Gusto.

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Danny Shapiro
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Senior Director of Program Strategy and Impact

A former educator, Danny has dedicated his career to leading innovations that foster long-term educator sustainability. Transitioning to teaching middle school in 2012 in Oakland, California after a previous international policy career, Danny has since led large-scale change management and communications initiatives for a large California school district, as well as designed and led the implementation of research activities to advance the scientific insights that help strengthen child development. Most recently, Danny led a community of educators at Osmo, an education technology that fosters the joy of learning through both digital and physical learning.

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Brittany Sigler
๐Ÿ‘ CVS Health โ€” Director, Product Strategy and Management
Brittany Sigler, DrPH is a public health expert leveraging tech for social impact. Currently a Director of Product Management, her background spans academic research, startup work targeting health access in marginalized populations, digital mental health government strategy and product implementation, and equity-focused product management in the private sector. She recently completed her doctorate, where she researched how tech can be designed to have positive health impact.
Deanna Sinclair
๐Ÿ‘ Polly.ai โ€” Head of Operations

Attorney + SaaS Tech Operations leader who has made a career of helping people in different ways. I have a passion for building and bringing people together. I contribute to decision-making at every level of the organization, with a focus on analyzing and improving strategy, processes and operational efficiency.

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Ashley Smallwood
๐Ÿ‘ The Group Forward โ€” Principal Consultant

Ashley is a facilitator, design thinker, educator, and strategist committed to advancing equity through collaboration. Ashley has been a consultant at IDEO and Clear, Head of Creative at Tough Mudder, 7th grade English Teacher at Girls Prep Bronx Middle School, and Director of TC NEXT at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a BA in English and Art History from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Harvard University. She lives in New York with her partner and rambunctious toddler.

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Adria Spivack
๐Ÿ‘ IBM โ€” Design lead

I love design and using it to help people! Currently, I'm a Design Lead for IBM Storage. I love working in complex spaces, diving deep into the domain, and designing user centered systems. My experience also includes building research practices, processes, and cross functional relationships from the ground up. I also enjoy mentoring other designers. Previously I worked at IBM Watson Health and Lifesize, graduating in 2015 from CMU with a degree in Industrial Design.

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Elizabeth Sumpter
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Development Director
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Holly Tienken
๐Ÿ‘ Kutztown University โ€” Associate Professor, Art & Design
Holly Tienken has 25 years of experience working in the field of graphic design and art direction. She received her BFA in Communications Design at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She is an Associate Professor at Kutztown University in the department of Art & Design.

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Progress Udoh
๐Ÿ‘ โ€” Software developer / Product Designer

I am Front-End Developer, and product design hobbyist, a Computer science and Business Management Undergraduate at the University Of the People, California and the University Of Benin Edo State, respectively. An Ambassador @ Techgirls 2022, US Department of States.
I am passionate about learning and development with a desire to improve user productivity and experience.

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Peizhu Yuan
๐Ÿ‘ Mouse โ€” Program Coordinator

Peizhu joined the Mouse family in her high school sophomore year as a Mouse Design League student. With bilingual proficiency in both Chinese and English and working on her Japanese, Peizhu hopes to better serve the greater communities of youth that deserve valuable knowledge and opportunities to foster technology for good.

Warren Zhou
๐Ÿ‘ IBM โ€” Product Manager

A dedicated Product Manager passionate about using technology for good, with experience in market research, competitive positioning analysis, and financial modeling. Skilled in data management and cloud technologies, holding AWS and Azure certifications. Committed to diversity and inclusion within Pan Asian communities and ethical technology practices, he aims to drive positive change as an insightful Emoti-Con judge.